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Healthy Lifestyles - Diabetes Prevention

This program is available to all MaineHealth employees and spouses/partners who have a BMI greater than or equal to 24 (≥ 22 if Asian) and are at risk for developing pre-diabetes or have had a blood test within the past year indicating that they have pre-diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. This 16-week program will help you make simple changes that may prevent the onset of diabetes.

What is the meeting format?

In a group setting, a trained coach will work with you to build the skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress.

Am I at risk for pre-diabetes?

You may have pre-diabetes and be at risk for Type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

How can I get started?

You can register for this program online at any time.

Can I earn WOW! Rewards for participating?

Yes. If you are a benefits-eligible employee, your participation may make you eligible to earn WOW! Rewards.

If you completed a Health Assessment and Health Screening during the eligibility period, you must complete 12 of the 16 sessions and submit your Alternative Program Form to WOW! Health Portal (WebMD) by December 31, 2016, to earn your WOW! Rewards.